“There are two ways of passing from this world – one in light, and one in darkness. When one passes in light he does not come back but when one passes in darkness he returns.” – Bhagwad Gita 8.26
By earlier standards, it is a relatively quieter Diwali this year in my environs. While it humorously calls on to anticipate that maybe the diyas, firecrackers and sweets are being reserved for the results-day of Mauritius general elections 2014, it also leaves me wondering if people do have an adequate amount of money left from this month’s salary to spend on this festival of lights. A clear-cut scheme to gain huge votebank, I think that day isn’t too far when a political party would propose giving a special stipend to Mauritian workers to celebrate local festivals.
Since morning I have been receiving Diwali wishes in my inboxes from various friends, relatives and antagonists too. I think this is the best part of the festival: everyone puts aside their differences and celebrates their likeness – that of being human beings and treating each other like their owns. I thank everyone who sent across their wishes and blessings to me for Diwali this year. It reassures me that beyond a modern society of odium and antagonism, festivals’ wishes sent with warmth are still a feel-good factor and appreciated. A Diwali oil lamp glows for a few hours, matchstick for a minute, but a wish glows forever.
On this public holiday, I took the opportunity to read Swami Vivekanand’s “I Am A Voice Without A Form”, a book which was gifted to me by the Rotary Club of Panchkula on the occasion of the International Youth Peace Fest 2011 in India. This book has been a very inspiring experience. When Swami Vivekanand says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” I connected his message of purity of heart with the lightening of the Diwali lamp: may this Diwali incite us to light a lamp of love, wisdom and peace in our heart. In his book, Swami Vivekanand called for arousing sleeping soul to self-conscious activity. It is indeed evolution of righteousness in the mind leading to actions of removing the pain and sufferings. What a beautiful message to the religions from Swami ji when he says, “My name shouldn’t be made prominent. It is my ideas that I want to be realised.”
Let our life be the light in this world. Let our body be the clay lamp. Let our love be the flame. Shine! Happy Diwali to you all!